The Future is Bright for Space Tech Expo


Gordy McHattie, Event Director from Space Tech Expo speaks with EPIQ Space at this year’s Conference in Pasadena California. The conference has done well in the U.S. as well as Europe.  The next conference is scheduled October 24 – 26 in Bremen Germany.

The space industry is expanding to address advancements in SmallSats and CubeSats.  After 6 years, the conference is a great place to hear the latest from industry leaders and to meet with suppliers from throughout the supply chain.

Editor – EPIQ Space

July 24, 2017 |

Space Micro – Seeking RF Engineer



Space Micro is a fast-paced satellite product company that is looking for candidates who thrive in an exciting and dynamic environment.

Potential employees should have a mix of technical expertise and experience, and also be strongly motivated to achieve technical success on complex engineering projects. Equally as important at Space Micro is that we are looking for self-starting and self-directed candidates who can take a project or assignment and truly “own” it; they can direct themselves day-to-day and keep moving towards to a solution and/or product. The ability to multitask helps significantly since most employees will have a primary project assignment, but also be asked to consult on and review the work done on other projects at the company.

Space Micro has found that potential employees who are used to the large, multi-layered, slow, tech companies (that generate as much paper as they do products) will not truly be suitable for a career at Space Micro. If you like the idea of working on interesting projects, and seeing your work from the early “conceptual” stage through to product delivery, then Space Micro will be an interesting place for you to move forward with your career.

Position Description:

  • Innovative Ideas and Product Development
  • Concept, Presentation, CAD Design, Test and Delivery of New Products
  • Work with Team to Generate Proposals and Reports
  • Help Us Grow Our Company

Position Requirements:

  • BS Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years experience Strong Writing, Computer & Verbal skills
  • Knowledge RF, Microwave CAD Tools
  • Knowledge Laboratory Equipment
  • Microwave, RF, and Analog Design Experience
  • Knowledge of Space Programs, Parts, Environments and Specifications is a plus
  • Design of L-Band RF up/down Converters to IF frequencies, including Low Noise Amplifiers, RF synthesizers, RF filters and Local Oscillator circuits
  • Design of Power Amplifiers for L, S, X, K and Ka Bands from 1 to 30 Watts
  • Defining sub-systems requirements and interface to Digital sub-assemblies
  • Prepare and present technical Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews (PDR&CDR) documents to customer
  • Planning and executing project plans, design reviews and production release of Schematic Diagrams, Bill Of Materials, Test Procedures with Pass/Fail criterion, Document Change Request (as needed)
  • Interface directly with Mechanical Engineering group and take charge of RF board layout
  • Engineering and Flight model test and development using various RF test equipment, transition designs to production from the prototype phase throughout delivery
  • Complete project goals with a minimum of supervision.


All candidates must be US Citizens or Green Card Holders. Drug and background checks required. Position may require the ability to pass and maintain a security clearance.

Space Micro is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Susan Markert with all inquiries –

November 13, 2016 |

ESA’s NEOSAT Expects 50% Global Marketshare


All-Electric Satellites have provided significant promise to the satellite industry for some time.  ESA’s Neosat is projecting to capture 50% global satellite marketshare.  (Editor – EPIQ Space)

Find this article and others on ESA’s website here.


18 October 2016Today, ESA astronaut Tim Peake opened a UK facility that will expand Europe’s capability with satellites that rely wholly on electric propulsion.

Sited in Belfast, Northern Ireland, it builds on the advanced manufacturing skills there. Propellant tanks, electric thrusters and steering mechanisms with the interconnecting harness and fuel lines will be assembled and installed on the satellite structure.

In the future, the thruster steering assembly will also be built in the same cleanroom, which will expand to 500 sq m by the end of the year.

These complete propulsion modules will then be sent to Thales Alenia Space France in Cannes for insertion into the Spacebus Neo satellites, which will offer all-electric propulsion or a mix of electric and traditional thrusters.

Three have already been ordered – the first, for Eutelsat, will provide broadband communications across sub-Saharan Africa from 2019.

This effort is part of ESA’s Neosat programme, which intends to reduce the cost of a 3–6 tonne satellite in orbit by 30% by the end of the decade.

Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, commented: “Neosat aims to help European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in the years to come.

“The opening of this dedicated facility in Belfast is an important milestone in the electric propulsion revolution.”

Thales Alenia Space UK’s dedicated Electric Propulsion Integration Centre is the first of its kind in the UK.

Spacebus Neo

Spacebus Neo will offer all-electric propulsion to reach its final orbit and maintain its position using significantly less propellant than traditional thrusters – meaning lower cost or greater capacity at launch. Thales plans to build up to four per year from 2018.

Apart from Neosat, the design, manufacture and test facilities will also support other satellite programmes that use chemical and electric propulsion.

Tim Peake opened the facility on his postflight tour of the UK, in the presence of Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, with representatives from ESA, the UK Space Agency and NASA.

The Neosat cooperation between ESA and France’s CNES space agency is part of ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme.

October 18, 2016 |
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